“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy ... in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music ...”

John Adams–
School teacher and President of the United States

Badass Teachers protest the Gates Foundation -- Photo Essay

— WA-BATS refuse to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality and refuse to accept tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for authentic teaching and learning. In 2014 political power resides in monetary wealth and public policy is being determined by the mega-rich -- not the expert practitioner -- in many professions. No one is asking teachers what schools need. Teachers are told that they don't have high enough expectations for kids. This is ludicrous. Our governing system is becoming undemocratic, but worse, it IS harming children who need a wholistic classroom experience beyond test scores.  (...more)

Yet another open letter to TFAers

— Dear TFAer, if you really want to "give back," become an assistant to a professional SPED teacher. Enroll in a graduate program and learn to teach students with special needs. Otherwise, who knows the harm you'll do? Certainly not you -- you may think everything is pie and ice cream because you just don't know any better. There is real danger in not knowing what you don't know.  (...more)

Who's Failing Whom -- Injustice

— There is great injustice in requiring a student to learn who is not given a teacher but plenty of tests. On this 60th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education, Im positively sure that when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. professed closing the achievement gap to be the civil rights issue of our time, segregated charter schools and TFA was not what he had in mind. "Separate but equal" never was and never will be.  (...more)

Who's Failing Whom?

— Each year Teach for America places more and more recruits into teaching positions in our public schools. Even as hundreds of thousands of teachers have lost their jobs in the last decade, TFA manages to co-opt those positions for "teacher temps" who usually contract for two years. What's wrong with this picture. This series of photos gives some clues.   (...more)

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